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'Transformers: Age of Extinction' grinds critics' gears
'Transformers: Age of Extinction' grinds critics' gears

Michael Bay's eye-popping, ear-splitting "Transformers" movies have proved themselves essentially critic-proof -- the first three installments all received lackluster reviews while combining for more than $2.7 billion at the worldwide box office -- but that hasn't stopped reviewers from trying. Once again, film critics are carping that "Transformers: Age of Extinction" makes too much noise and too little sense, while taking too long to do so. The Times' Betsy Sharkey said "Age of Extinction" is characterized by everyone involved -- robots, human characters and audiences alike -- being "being beaten, blasted, bashed, crushed, melted,...

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